5 RI Places Perfect for Gifting Experiences

From forging to floating, climbing to karting, there’s something cool for everyone on your list


No one needs more stuff. Rather than wrapping the latest trendy gadget and risk it being banished to the closet or putting a bow on yet another pine-scented candle doomed to be regifted, try something different this year by giving an experience that will create memories to last a lifetime. From creative or relaxing to physically challenging, here are five ideas for truly unique presents.

Get Smashed

Everyone needs to let loose once in a while and Smash ‘N’ Splash, Rhode Island’s first rage room, is a great way to do it. Choose between smashing – literally breaking fragile items with a variety of instruments – and splashing, which means splattering glow-in-the dark paint everywhere in sight. You can even plan a party for small groups. For smash sessions, participants must be over 13 with a parent present. West Warwick, SmashNSplashRI.com

Create a Work of Art

For the more artistically inclined, a class at the Steel Yard is a great way to help someone express themselves creatively. Class offerings include welding, blacksmithing, jewelry making, or ceramics. Skilled instructors walk students through the process, who leave with a gift they made with their own hands. Plus the Steel Yard is a nonprofit so you’re supporting a great cause. Providence, TheSteelYard.org

Perfect That Throw

Toss your cares away with a trip to the Axe Bar at R1 Indoor Karting. With a full bar and 10 state-of-the-art throwing lanes, your gift will set the stage for excitement. If axe throwing isn’t their thing, your recipient can throw darts, go karting on an asphalt track, play games at the arcade, or solve the puzzle that is TimeMission, a time machine challenge in a portal! Lincoln, R1IndoorKarting.com

Climb Every Mountain

Your gift-giving is sure to reach new heights when you deliver a day pass to Rock Spot Climbing. With three Rhode Island locations, you can be bouldering or belaying in Lincoln, Providence, and Peace Dale – a great way to get moving and grooving after all those big holiday meals. Look for special events and sessions, too. Send someone up on their own or join them for a wild bonding experience. RockSpotClimbing.com

Float Your Cares Away

Give the gift of peace and quiet via a float in a tranquil salt water pod – 850 pounds of epsom salt and 10 inches of water heated to skin temperature. Float RI offers this heated anti-gravity environment that relieves stress and tension, leaving floaters refreshed and relaxed. Other wellness services include halotherapy, infrared sauna, and therapeutic massage. Warwick, FloatRI.com



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